Facebook’s new Home software spreads from Android to iPhone in New York & India

Facebook said Tuesday that features from its new Home software for Android-powered smartphones will begin spreading this week to Apple’s popular iPhones.

“Home was about our ability to demonstrate what you can do when you own the whole experience,” Facebook’s chief technology officer, Mike Schroepfer, said during an on-stage chat at the All Things D conference devoted to mobile technology.

“We are working closely with Apple; with Microsoft, with everyone to try to get as good a Facebook people-first experience you can across all devices.”

The first Home feature to arrive on iPhones will be “chat heads” that let message exchanges with friends follow people as they navigate the social network.

Facebook last week staked out a “home” on Android smartphones as it stepped up its challenge to Apple and Google in the booming mobile market.

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